December 13, 2019
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students of the Oskaloosa School District:
As the school year moves forward, students continue to amaze me every day with their wisdom, intelligence, thirst for knowledge, caring nature, and love for their school and community. During this past month we have continued our tradition of excellence through success with our dance team, robotics team, winter sports, local art show, band/orchestra/choir performances, the madrigal, academic achievements, and so much more! We are very lucky here in Oskaloosa to have such amazing students!
We use our website to showcase our schools and provide information to families and community members. We are in the process of building a new website. That being said, we want to hear from you. We have put together a survey to begin to gather data on what you are using/wanting in a school website. The website survey is linked in this letter. There is also a link on our Facebook page: Oskaloosa Community School District. If neither of those methods work for you, please email me your ideas for the new website at email@example.com. Our target date to launch the new website is set for February 1, 2020 – just in time to begin spring registration! Be on the lookout for the new website announcement!
We are very excited continue our work on plans for a new Oskaloosa Community Early Childhood Learning Center. This center will house eight pre-school four year old early learning classrooms for the Oskaloosa School District. This new center will replace the current Webster preschool classrooms along with additional classrooms to account for growth. We are excited to partner with the City of Oskaloosa and the Mahaska County YMCA to include our new preschool rooms in this Early Childhood Recreation Center project.
Did you know the Oskaloosa Community School District is an allergy aware school district? Like most schools in the United States, we have students that have severe food allergies. Food allergies can have life threatening reactions with exposure to even tiny amounts of allergens. Therefore, the Oskaloosa School District is an “ALLERGY AWARE” district.
There are certain things that can be done to minimize the risk to our students. What that means for our district:
- We will strive to avoid offering foods containing nuts, nut oils, or nut derivatives, and fish or shellfish in our school meal program.
- We will establish an allergy-aware environment for the safety of children who have food allergens and for those children who have yet to be identified as allergic to these products.
- We will encourage all parents to avoid sending lunches, snacks, or treats to school that contain these allergens (nuts, nut oils, or nut derivatives).
- We will offer “nut free” zones/tables in all our lunchrooms. Individual students who have nut products in their lunches should not sit in these zones.
All snacks and treats brought (by students, parents, or teachers) to be consumed in the classroom MUST be allergen free and will be examined in the school office for food allergens before being sent to the classroom. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our students safe. If you have any specific questions, please reach out to the school nurse in your child’s attendance building.
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
December 23 – January 1 – NO SCHOOL – Winter Break – School offices closed
January 2 – School back in session (normal hours)
January 14 – Mid-term
January 20 – No School – Staff professional development
Thank you for an AMAZING 2019! It is hard to believe, but the year 2020 is just around the corner! My wish for all of you for 2020 is good health, happiness, and continuous life-long learning! Join us on our journey to build a tradition of excellence here at Oskaloosa School District!
Paula J. Wright, OCSD Superintendent